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2022 Trusted Learner Network Unconference

May 24, 2022 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

May 23, 2022 | Welcome Reception | 5:00 p.m.

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, Scottsdale, AZ

Please join us for the third convening of the Trusted Learner Network (TLN) Unconference to participate in the conversation around this year’s focus on digital credentials, make value connections and advance the mission of lifelong learning as a member of the TLN Community.

Why attend the TLN Unconference?

In 2020, 100+ industry experts, leaders and designers met to discuss, "emerging approaches for recognizing lifelong learning" under the banner of the Trusted Learner Network.

In 2021, we convened virtually as part of the 2021 Digital Trust Summit to workshop progress in the digital credential space.

Now, in 2022 we invite participants tackling digital credentials, as well as educators, credential issuers, employers and learners, to reconnect and imagine the future together. 

Event Details


Monday, May 23, 2022  
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Governing Body and Architecture Advisory Committee Session
*Invitation only
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Welcome networking reception for all Unconference participants
Tuesday, May 24, 2022  
8:00 a.m.  Breakfast and networking
8:30 a.m.  Welcome and keynote
Arizona State University’s Chief Information Officer Lev Gonick and Chief Information Security and Digital Trust Officer Donna Kidwell will kick off the Unconference with a warm welcome to the Unconference and explain why today’s work around the Trusted Learner Network and emerging credentials is so important.
9:00 a.m.  The state of the art with  Dr. Phillip Long and Sharon Leu
Dr. Phillip Long, LER Networker Facilitators + T3 Innovation Network, and Sharon Leu, Executive in Residence for JFFLabs, will help set the scene for the current emerging credentials landscape and share reports from the field. Additionally, TLN Managing Director Kate Giovacchini will share an update on the status of the Trusted Learner Network.  
10:15 a.m.  Workshop block
 Dr. Kelly Page and Dr. Brian Tinsley of Digital Promise will share information from their new report, Inclusive Design Principles for Learning and Employment Records: Co-Designing for Equity. The report details their collaboration with workers in frontline sectors along with leaders in higher education, design and technology to explore how Learning and Employment Records (LERs) could be developed to promote greater equity in the skills-based future of learning and work.

 Curious what learners and earners think about credentials? ASU ShapingEDU Director Stephanie Pierotti has the scoop and will share key takeaways from ShapingEDU's recent Spotlight Mini-Summit: Emerging Credentials x Future Employment, as well as the work of the Community's Emerging Credentials Standards Action Team.

 During this workshop, ASU Executive Director, Digital Trust Initiatives Timothy Summers, Ph.D. will introduce you to Pocket, ASU's portable, secure and verified digital wallet. You will also explore the value of verifiable credentials, how we can use distributed identity to build trust and get a hands-on demo of this technology in action to explore how individuals can better navigate the lifelong learner journey.

11:30 a.m. Commence unconferencing!
Join colleagues for highly engaging and interactive discussions on this year’s Key Topics. Roam around from group to group at your leisure to explore new ideas and themes. 
*Lunch will be provided 
4:00 p.m. Shareouts & closing

** Please note that this is an unconference so this is a living agenda that may evolve at the hands of participants,.

Key Topics

During Tuesday’s Workshops and Unconferencing, we’ll prioritize the following themes:

 Refining the value proposition of digital credentials for learners and earners.  

 Connecting diverse learning experiences and credentials to work and advancement. 

 Defining and delivering empowerment for learners and earners

 Evaluating the state of governance, trust and value for learners, issuers and verifiers 

 Harnessing digital identity for lifelong learners and their digital credentials.

Download a copy of the agenda here! 




Location Information


ASU has committed to building a Community of Care, where we are all doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Based on the CDC’s recommendations in areas of substantial or high transmission of the virus, ASU strongly recommends that everyone on campus wear a face cover when inside a university building, as well as outdoors when in a crowd. Face covers may be required for certain locations or events. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and get testedLearn more about ASU’s COVID-19 response.


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Need a hotel?

Coming to Scottsdale, AZ from out of town? Welcome! The following hotels are located near the Skysong Campus. For additional information about airports and hotels, please visit ASU's Travel information for ASU campus visitors at 

Element Scottsdale at SkySong
1345 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
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3Palms Hotel Scottsdale
7707 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

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